Update: Baton Rouge man arrested, accused of buying $8,000 in electronics and liquor on employer’s Sam’s card _lowres

Robert Joseph, Jr., 34

Update, 9:30 a.m.:

Robert E. Joseph Jr., 34, was arrested Tuesday night after a Crime Stoppers tip led authorities to his whereabouts, Baton Rouge police said Wednesday. Joseph was later booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Original story:

Baton Rouge Police officers are looking for a man accused of using his former employer’s credit card to make more than $8,000 in fraudulent purchases including liquor, televisions and laptop computers.

Robert E. Joseph, Jr., 34, of 9714 El Scott Ave., was terminated on Aug. 17, 2015 from LNS Foods after his employer discovered he used the company’s Sam’s Club credit card to make 54 purchases between August 2014 and August 2015, said Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola in a news release.

Joseph indicated in text messages to LNS’s owner that he’d made fraudulent purchases but didn’t make any attempts to return the money, Coppola said. Joseph spent $8,153.55 on televisions, laptop computers, liquor and food, according to the release. LNS Foods appears to be a Baton Rouge-based food distributor whose main clients include schools and educational centers, according to its website.

Joseph is wanted on counts of felony theft and unauthorized use of access card as theft.

Anyone with information on Joseph’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Baton Rouge Police Financial Crimes Division at (225) 389-3871 or Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.